Albert Pujols just won’t stop making history when his final regular season comes to an end.
The St. Louis Cardinals legend hit his 703rd home run, giving him his 2,216th RBI. That tops Babe Ruth for second on the all-time list in that category, a tremendous feat that continues to find the Pujols bats here as the final games of his career draw near.
Only Hank Aaron, one of four 700-plus homer hitters in history, has more RBIs than Pujols in his career.
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Pujols hit a dangling curveball off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Mitch Keller, drilling it into left field and clearing the fence for a two-run home run that only adds to his fourth all-time record.
It was just in the last game that Pujols tied Ruth at 2,214 with a three-RBI day that included his 702nd home run in his final game of the regular season at Busch Stadium. He hit a shot to dead center field that landed on the turf and the Cardinals faithful went wild as he trotted around the bases.
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Pujols finished that game 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
“I’m really blessed to be back here,” Pujols said before the game. “Ending my career where it all started means a lot.”
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Pujols and wide receiver Yadier Molina were honored before the game with a 46-minute ceremony. Molina had also said that he would retire once he finished the season.
There was also a special tribute when starter Adam Wainwright was taken out of the game, while Pujols and Molina carried him off the field. All three players have been mainstays of the franchise over the years.
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The Cardinals still have two more regular-season games to play before heading to the postseason as the winners of the NL Central and the top three seeds in the NL. They will play the sixth seed, which is the final wild card team in the conference.